Isaac: Old Testament Heroes - 5 Minute Family Devotional
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Read the Bible story here: Genesis 22:9-18
The story of Abraham and Isaac is truly one of the most difficult in the whole Bible, especially for kids and parents to study together. If your kids are very young, it may not be an appropriate story to begin to teach.
What conclusions should we draw from such a difficult story? This verse in Hebrews 11, the verse highlighted in the video devotional, gives us a hint as to what God was doing when he asked Abraham to sacrifice his beloved only son.
“Abraham had been promised that Isaac, his only son, would continue his family. But when Abraham was tested, he had faith and was willing to sacrifice Isaac, because he was sure that God could raise people to life.” Hebrews 11:17-19a
Let’s revisit God’s promise to Abraham that Isaac would be born. This is a story about Abraham and God. God made a promise to Abraham and then kept it - Isaac would be born, and Abraham would have descendants that would outnumber the stars from his son. But then fast forward a bit and God asks Abraham to sacrifice that son. What?
What do you think God wanted to know? Did God really want Abraham to give up his only son? No! God wanted Abraham to remember and believe the promise that He had made to him. If Abraham trusted God, he would follow God’s command. We see a glimpse at Abraham’s deep faith in Genesis 22:8 - “Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”
Talking with your children about this difficult story, it may be easy to just ease the tension and make this about giving up the things we love to prove we love God. We'd suggest that wasn't God's lesson for Abraham here. It’s a story about Abraham loving and trusting the God who made him and who promised to take care of him.
Developing a weekly or daily rhythm of prayer with your children can be a powerful thing for them and for you as well. Prayer is a time to be quiet to talk with God, to thankfully reflect on what he has given to you, and to ask for His presence and help where you may need him, and to lift up other friends and family who may need him too. Here are few ideas for praying together as a family.
1. Have a quiet moment and remember that God is there with you!
2. Look back over what happened today – where were you? Home? School? Church?
3. What were the high points of your day? What made you happy today? Did you make someone else happy today? Talk to God and thank him for those things!
4. What were the low points of your day? Did anything make you sad? Did you make anyone sad? Remember that God loves you very much and you are so important to God and nothing changes that but you can talk to God about those things.
5. Think about the next day – Ask God to be with your family into the next day and to help you know that he is with you in all things.